Saturday 13 February 2010

Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun is free


Electronic Arts are being slightly less evil today by releasing one of the greatest real-time strategy games for the price of a 1.2GB download. Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun (plus Firestorm), which will go along nicely with your copies of the original Command & Conquer and Red Alert, both also released as freeware a few months back. It's so nice I seem to own it twice.

Tiberian Sun is, as far as I'm concerned, the height of the C&C series. Red Alert 2 was fun, but doesn't quite have the same amount of replay value. Many of the great features Tiberian Sun brought to the table were scrapped in later games for unknown reasons, so despite being made in the last millennium, the game still puts up a good fight against many modern RTS games today.

The release seems to have occurred in order to promote the likes of Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight, which will probably suck as it abandons the core C&C gameplay mechanics in favour of... RPG elements (just like real life!?!). It also raises questions as to what happened to the rest of EA's back-catalogue. Tiberian Sun came out in 1999, so there's seventeen years of EA history that you're still expected to pay for, despite being less advanced and probably less popular than Westwood's creation. Nevertheless, this is an extremely good deal so make sure you download it.

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